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, outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and general martin dempsey, testify about the benghazi, libya attack. and then a discussion on the federal response to soldiers with post dramatic stress disorder. and later, president obama and congressional leaders speak at the fellowship foundation's prayer breakfast. testified about the attack thon u.s. consulate in benghazi, libarch that killed ambassador stevens and three other americans. the pentagon never received the request from the state academy for security, and did not have the resources to get support on the ground in time to thwart the attackers. leon panetta is stepping down. this hearing is four hours and 15 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good morning, everybody. today the committee welcomes secretary of defense, leon panetta, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey. to testify about the department of defense's response the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. temporary mission facility in benghazi, libya, last year. and the findings of its internal review following t
nothing. his hands were tied. i don't know the story. the stuff that leaked out from panetta's testimony yesterday was incredible. we will talk about it after this short break. i'm lorenzo. i work for 47 different companies. well, technically i work for one. that company, the united states postal service®, works for thousands of home businesses. because at usps.com®, you can pay, print and have your packages picked up for free. i can even drop off free boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal service®, no business too small. >>> if there's one person who should be present and accounted for during a terror attack it's america's commander in chief. but guess what. new reports now suggest president obama was awol during the crisis in benghazi. let's bring back our panel, jimmy williams, kevin williamson and joel pollack. okay. i just want to say this, joel. you write about this on bright bart.com. i think it's extraordinary. you have senator kelly, senator ted cruz, senator lindsey graham firing tough prosecutor yal questions at leon panetta, the departm
to be leon panetta's last day as the pentagon chief, but after a rocky confirmation hearing, senators' demands for other answers the replacement has been temporarily blocked. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. bags are packed. ready to head out of town but leon panetta isn't riding nauf the sunset of california retirement yet. senate republicans are blocking a vote on panetta's embattled replacement over among other things questions about the libya terror attack last september. mike emanuel on what is holding up chuck hagel. >> they successfully delayed chuck hagel's controversial nomination as secretary of defense. late today, procedural vote failed after senator john mccain had made the case for waiting until after next week's recess. >> i think that is a sufficient period of time to get answers to outstanding questions and i think that senator hagel after that period of time deserves a cloture vote and a uvote on his. >> i have valued your thoughts and your contributions. i think most all of us in public office feel that way. >> among questions
, if necessary. secretary panetta told us it was detainee information that was key to them finding the courier and bin laden. were you briefed by any of the analysts who tracked down bin laden? >> before the operation? >> yes. >> yes, absolutely. >> is that the information given to you, that it came from interrogation of detainees on whom eip's had been used? >> i cannot recall. they talked about the chain of collection that took place related to the information coming from the detainees. >> do you agree with secretary panetta's comments? >> senator, looking at this document from ssci, i do not know what the facts are. i really need to look at that carefully and see what cia's response is. the report called into question whether any information was unique. >> fair enough. the secretary comment's are indirect -- you told me a couple days ago when we met that the study was not objective, and it was a prosecutor's brief, written with an eye toward finding problems. you went on to say your withholding judgment until you read the response. my understanding is from what he said, that is what you are
with defense secretary leon panetta and the general dempsey on the attacks of the american consulate in benghazi, libya. a doctor room >> we welcome secretary of defense william panetta and general dempsey. we are here to talk about the attack are indeed temporary and next in benghazi libya are in september 11th and 12th last year and the internal review following that attack including lessons learned from benghazi. i'd just want to remind colleagues that we will be receiving testimony next tuesday morning on the impact of sequestration adnor -- and/or a continuing resolution. i hope that today's hearing will inform the committee of any changes that have been made or are being proposed to the posture of u.s. forces overseas to respond to similar terrorist attacks in the future that we sought in benghazi. anything that will affect the dod and installations overseas. they released a timeline of its response to the assaults of september 11th and 12th and including on the deployment of various forces based in the united states or overseas. a copy of this timeline is in front of us. i thi
ceremony for outgoing defense secretary leon panetta on friday in fort myer, va.. he will remain in office until the senate confirms his successor. ♪ [applause] >> prepare for review. ♪ doodle dandy"] ♪ >> please stand for the playing of the united states's national anthem. >> present. >> present. >> present arms. >> present arms. star-spangled banner"] ♪ >> please be seated. >> forward. >> forward. >> forward. >> ready. >> ready. hut. >> ceremonial at ease. >> ladies and gentlemen, general dempsey. [applause] >> mr. president, secretary and mrs. panetta, ambassadors, members of congress, men and women of the armed forces of the united states, especially our wounded warriors, and we cannot forget bravo. i was hoping bravo would be out there for the inspection of troops, but apparently jeremy thought differently. it is an honor to be here for this event. we're here to show our profound respect and thanks to secretary panetta. i recall play "the tempest," which is a nice metaphor, and i like to think of you as the prospero of public service. the secretary has used his arts to imbue a
panetta. you're in a unique position. the committee, as you know, considering nominee to be your successor. senator hagel. later today i'm going to be talking to john brennan. can you give a brief assessment of the two gentle and the capability and the readiness to assume the positions? >> yes, certainly. obviously that's something that the committees now have the opportunity evaluate. but in my view, both of them are outstanding individuals that have a great deal of experience and capability to be able to perform in an outstanding fashion in each of their jobs. senator hagel is someone who, you know, served in the military, worked up here on the hill. understand the issues that are involve there had. i think can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his
the british military and the french think when leon panetta turns up? >> well, they like leon panetta but what they will think is what they have been thinking for the last 2 1/2 years, is that the republican party in the united states has gone off the rails and is obstructing the normal order of business of the world's only super power, and this is the first time, martin, in the history of the defense department going back to the 1940s that there's been a filibuster of a nominee to head that department and i would wager that if it went to its predecessor that the department of war going all the way back in american history, this has never been done. these people are out of control in their obstructionism and the only thing to do is fight them all the way, and there are new tools that the president unveiled in his state of the union to do that with. the president should go to enlisted personnel, retired enlisted personnel all over the united states and say, chuck hagel is the first of yours to be nominated for secretary of defense. they want to prevent a vote? you deserve a vote as an enlisted
panetta spoke at a pentagon farewell ceremony. he talked about north korea and called on congress to end the uncertainty posed by pending budget cuts known as sequestration. mr. panetta will stay in his position until his successor is confirmed. president obama has nominated former senator chuck hagel to be his replacement. this is half an hour. [applause] >> halt. present. halt. ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light snule what so -- what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there o say does that star spangled banner yet wave oaer the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ >> please be seated. >> ladies and gentlemen, the director of administration and management, mr. michael rhodes. >> well, welcome, everybody. thank you very much for being here today. as we have an opportunity for the secretary's farewell address to the pentagon c
defense cuts that continues. the outgoing defense secretary lee leon panetta has a message for everyone involved but does he have any solutions. >> we can't sit here and bitch. we can't sit here and complain. we can't sit here and blame others. martha: well the vatican has just come out and said that the pope actually, when he was on a trip to mexico last year hit his head. they're denying that that accident that we didn't know about before has played any role in the decision that he has made to step down but everyone will kind of take all the context around things that happened last few months and try to figure out what may have prompted this decision. he said he would resign. that happened a couple days ago. the vatican said for the first time that the pope has a pacemaker. batteries were recently replaced. that is fairly standard practice for people with pacemakers. really all of this leads to what will happen next month as the conclave will get together to elect a new pope. and that will happen in mid-march. bill: there is new backlash after comments made by defense secretary leon p
back on that characterization suggesting that leon panetta, the defense secretary, met with general allen just days ago. here is what panetta said yesterday. >> the opportunity to meet with him yesterday. my recommendation to him was, take your time, you know, be with your family. think about what you need to do. i think your country will always fine a way to make use of your great services but you've got to make the decision as to what you want to do in the future. >> reporter: again the pentagon is not confirming that general allen is out and no longer, in the running for that position, or that he is retiring. however, sources that ed henry has spoken to say that the general will be retiring and that he has taken his name out of the nomination process for that four-star position in europe because he worries about a bruising confirmmation process that would bring up these jill kelley e-mails which were, which we were told at the time were inappropriate and, would be embarrassing if he had to be questioned about them. jon? jon: all right. so what happens next? and in leon panetta is
hill hearing. leon panetta and martin dempsey testified about the benghazi attacks attacks. he accused susan rice of lying about the attacks when she appeared on the sunday tv talk shows last september. here is part of the questioning in that hearing. >> chairman dempsey, at the time of the meeting, would you have -- how would you have characterized the attack on the compound? >> i did not know. >> it could have been either one. >> that is right. >> it could have been spontaneous were preplanned. but i have to ask the same question, would you agree that was a preplanned attack? unequivocably? >> at the time, when this was going on, we were not sure was taking place. when i later found out that you had rpgs and there was an attack, there was no question in my mind. >> my position would be they knew that at the time because i have talked to several people that have stated they knew it. unequivocably that would have been a terrorist attack. the thing i am getting to come and do you agree that it was a terrorist attack? >> when i appeared before this committee three days afterwards
're watching the pentagon this morning. defense secretary leon panetta will be hosting the event on his last day in office. hillary clinton is being honored for her four years as secretary of state during which she traveled more than 1 million miles and visited 1 -- 112 countries. >>> in just hours, the national rifle association will directly respond to president obama's state of the union address. the nra rejects the president's gun control proposal. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, this is all happening as the california congresswoman joins other moms against gun violence today. >> reporter: jackie speier is joining with group moms rising which has more than 1 million members online. speier and members from that group will deliver a petition with 150,000 signatures to lawmakers. that's asking the nra to back off and urging company to boat on the proposals. the nra's vice president and ceo wayne la pierre will directly respond to the president's state of the union address later today in wake of the -- today. in wake of the shooting, the nra is calling for securi
of defense leon panetta says he will stay on until hagel is confirmed. senate majority leader harry reid who likes panetta called him as lame as a duck can be, shep? >> shepard: republicans say they are not trying to kill this nomination so what are they trying to do? >> that's right. republicans say that the democrats didn't seem to mind a 60 vote requirement when president bush was in office o. and they were his nominees. leading republicans say bottom line is, they aren't playing games here. there are solid public policies between members of this side of the aisle and the nominee. this is not about politics. this is not about personalities questions about should iran be able to get a nuclear weapon. >> unless there is some huge nomination in the coming days. they expect chuck hagel will get confirmed in about 10 days. shep? >> shepard: mike emanuel on the hill tonight. jerusalem is i shore about to get a boost from beautiful women. cutting a deal to return to atlantic city after years in vegas. it's a huge boost for jersey's tourism industry. coming months after that super storm sandy mad
panetta slam his hand down? today leaders are trying to urge action before sequestration takes effect, which is on march 1. virginia senators talked about the really dire consequences and mark warner chastised defense contractors for not taking a more active role. warner has tried to work on a bipartisan budget solution and put most of the blame on congress. >> there is a stupid way and a less stupid way to do this. let's at least default to the less stupid way goo wow. senators warner and cain are advocating to return to the normal budget negotiating process. warner said the constant delays are going to wind up costing taxpayers lots of money. >>> police in police georges county are looking for tips in the murder of an elderly woman. officers found the woman severely beaten saturday inside her home. wusa9 reporter delia goncalves has more. >> reporter: good morning andrea and mike. the murder happened here in this quiet neighborhood. you can see the on house is still blocked off with police tape, still are considered a crime scene. i can tell you two officers have parked their cruise
panetta will be honored at a farewell ceremony and fort myer, virginia. it will include remarks from president obama and joint chiefs of staff general martin dempsey. that is live at 3:45. secretary of state john kerry will meet the canadian prime minister. the team so -- the keystone pipeline will be in the conversation. a rock obama's decision on the $7 billion will be the test of his a nod with a promise to act on change in his second term. there will be a news conference. that will be at about 2:30. a pro forma session at 11l0:00. 2:00 for legislative work. the chamber resources -- resources at 5:30. the house takes up a bill that will continue a pay freeze for federal workforce. watch the house live here on c- span and the senate on c-span2. >> having observed a steady improvement in the well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state of this union is good. >> once again, in keeping with tradition, i have come to report to you on the state of the union. i am pleased to report that america is much improved. there is good reason to believe that improvements will co
and veterans' benefits, and social security and medicare, but medicaid part d would not. and leon panetta said it could challenge all power. >> i think that clearly i would like to hear something about trying to figure out a way to avoid the se kwquester on the budget which i believe is going to be catastrophic. >> the military has been positioning for months to deal with the cuts, and the d.o.d. is looking to the furloughs for civilians and calling for a freeze on all civilian hiring and slash 18 billion, the military plans to put off training for 3/4 of the force. to make up a $12.4 billion shortfall, the air force may cut off flying and the navy is preparing to ground the blue angels this year, and the plans to send more troops to the gulf will be put on hold, and they insist there will be no cuts in the war already taking place. and this could slow growth by 1.5% this year, and becoming essentially a drag on the economy. joining us is the former u.s. comptroller, and i know, david, your views of what to get done are well known, but the sequester, the point is to bring both parties together
secretary were on capitol hill outlining the danger. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word devastating for 16 months now. i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration if it was to occur. now, the wolf is at the door. >> i begin my career in a hollow army, i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligated go authority for the defense department in history at a time that is more dangerous than it's ever been. >> the navy had to cancel the deployment to the u.s.s. truman. army chief warned they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces. 3,000 small businesses will lose army contracts and could face bankruptcy they warned if sequester is not stopped. >> shep: on another subject, the president tonight at the state of the union expected to fill out the details of a dramatic troop drawdown in afghanistan? >> he is expected tonight to announce that 34,000 u.s. troops will be home at this time next year from afghanistan. that is about half of the force that is currently serving in afghan
yesterday that it wasn't him. secretary panetta said it wasn't him. in hearings, the acting d.c.i. mike morell said it wasn't him. ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him and the f.b.i. said it wasn't them. we've eliminated a lot of people who had contacts within the intelligence community that knew firsthand what was going on in benghazi. let me ask you again: who briefed the president on actually what was happening throughout this seven-hour period? who was your primary point of contact in the intelligence community? >> as chief of staff, i didn't usually reach out directly to the intelligence community. i worked through the national security staff. >> was there anybody from the intelligence community in that briefing session on a continual basis to your knowledge? >> the intelligence community was in close touch with the white house, with the national security team on a near constant basis. >>steve: it's pretty clear nobody was briefing the president of the united states. it was -- keep in mind it was a couple of months before the election, and clearly the picture we are getting right
panetta said it would be irresponsible for the congress to allow it to happen. many of us agree, it must be avoided. but apart from that challenge in the next month, or series of months, the long-term outlook for the department of defense is that it must do more with less, and secretary hagel, if he is confirmed, will have that management task, and he is one of the people in this country who is almost uniquely qualified to carry it out. and i believe that he will with great distinction. he will take care of our men and women in uniform and strengthen our national defense, he will do what he thinks is right even if it's not popular, and he is, finally, as everyone has said, a good and decent man. i thank in particular senator mccain for his very compelling and telling comment during our consideration before the vote in the armed services committee. he said -- and i agree -- no one should impugn chuck hagel's character. he's a person of integrity and character. and i believe that he will have the respect at all levels of our defense, men and women who serve and sacrifice every day, men and
they're doing now is bottling this up -- >> leon panetta is going to stay on. >> he's available. >> he may have to stay on for another year the way this thing is going. >> let's be clear. i think reasonable people should be able to agree on this. this is no way to pick a team, this is not in the constitution, which only has super majorities for certain specific instances for overriding a veto or international treaty. i think they will surrender. >> the senate has a role to play. if chuck hagel would have got -- >> what's it called? >> advise and consent. >> if he had been at all competent, this would be over. the problem is he had a bad performance and every day there's another speech, there's another video that comes out. that's what's killing his chances. they're letting him self-destruct. >> the biggest problem right now is the additional speech that came out that aei and nro highlighted but to jimmy's point, his performance was -- >> can i just read this? i want to read this to my pal ari how who is out there. just off the presses, he gave a speech to the american object institute,
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panetta held what could be his final press conference as head of the pentagon. he announced the creation of a military award called the distinguished warfare metal. the secretary also talked about north korea's nuclear program. the troop drawdown in afghanistan and the series of automatic spending cuts called sequestration. secretary panetta will retire pending the confirmation of defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. [laughter] >> you are on your own, kid. >> good afternoon. as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought i was part of the last act of an italian opera and i'm not sure exactly when it would end. i think that the congress will act, and that they will confirm chuck hagel this week. what i wanted to do was come down and use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed, believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of t
the problem. >> jack, in the armed services hearing last week secretary panetta testified that following his and general dempsey's 5:00 meeting after the benghazi attack, they had no further contact with the white house and it was their understanding that you, as chief of staff, the individual briefing the president. is that accurate? >> i did speak with the president that evening. the national security staff was working on the issue on a nonstop basis. >> who was briefing the president? were you? >> i was in the room when the president was briefed but i was not briefing the president. >> brennan said it wasn't him, secretary panetta said it wasn't him, ambassador kennedy said it wasn't him and the f.b.i. said it wasn't them. we have eliminated a lot of people who had contact with any intelligence community that knew first half hand about what was going on in benghazi. let me ask you again, who briefed the president on what was happening throughout the seven-hour period? >> in the conversations i was in the national security staff was present. >> was john brennan included in that? >> you're
in the hearings. the administration has been very clear. leon panetta when he was head of the cia was clear that it is torture and the u.s. does not engage in torture. while there is a continuation of policies related to drones and targeted assassinations, i don't think that there is necessarily a continuation of or ttorture. >> well, the debate we are not having is what are the contours of this, and if we want to win hearts and minds to go back to a vietnam plauz, what are thrase, the contours of this? will it expand and come back to hit us in a strong way? >> as someone who knows the pro and con intell and we send people into the area to make people suspicious of each other, and killed people in a domestic sphere, aed on the know the ugliness and the nastiness of that and the ways in which have sat over and against any american notice that we are not the kind of country that does that, but to get on the other side of co-intel to say i need that to be reflected in the 21st history. >> and to that, brennan was the architect of the waterboarding program or in the testimony he said he was awa
." a forum on advances in manufacturing. later, a farewell ceremony for leon panetta. some of our live program again noon eastern. former fdic chairman sheila bair will take part in a discussion on financial regulation live on c-span3. a bit later, the alliance for health reform host a forum on medicare policy. that get under way at 12:00 eastern live on c-span to. here on c-span live and the afternoon with the bipartisan group of former members of congress for urging action on the national debt. house speaker john boehner released a statement about pope benedict resignation. here is part of what he wrote. the prayers and gratitudes of american catholics are with pope benedict today. he displays love for the church. americans were inspired by his visit to the united states in 2008. that from the house speaker. >> as you might expect from samsung, given the breadth of products we have, smart phones, tablets, television, computers -- one of the areas we are investing a lot is the vault the screen connectivity, because we have are ready seen many people multitasking. you were on the couch
in the midst of the declining defense budget and just last week secretary panetta announced the indefinite delay of carrier stryker the deployment in the middle east development of was undoubtedly welcome by the regime in tehran. in egypt despite the best hopes, the president morsi and the brotherhood have shown a trip and hostility towards the opposition groups and the minorities have taken an increasing tone to our ally israel and these developments require as to think long and hard over what assets we are going to be sharing with them, the controversy will f-16 transfers. but it's a tough area and i think if you look through that area, and general austin you know that iran maintains determined to acquire nuclear weapons capability that's been going on for a long time we found that our intelligence has really behind the curve so far. it's serious. it's big stuff over there. in iraq for premature withdrawal tester ackley contributed to the deteriorating said chicken to the two securities attrition and allowed al qaeda to establish a foothold in syria. the brutality has now claimed the li
. we have more live programming to tell you about on the program today. defense secretary leon panetta will be honored having observed a steady improvement in the opportunity and well-being of our citizens, i can report to you that the state is old but the union as good. >> once again, keeping with the time honored tradition i've come to report to you on the state of the union and i am pleased to report that america is much improved and there is good reason to believe that improvement will continue. >> my duty tonight is to report on the state of the union. >> not the state of the government, but of our american community and to set forth our responsibilities in the words of our founders to form a more perfect union. the state of the union is strong. >> as we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers, yet the state of the union has never been stronger. >> it is because of our people that our future is hopeful an hour journey goes forward and the state of our union is strong first lady helen taft on discussing p
, secretary panetta, who is going to be leaving his job in less than two hours, chairman of the joint chiefs martin dempsey, and others have already testified regarding the athat can claimed four -- the attack that claimed four american lives. chuck hagel had nothing to do with the attack in benghazi. the administration hasn't been forthcoming is outlandish. there are serious consequences to this delay. consequences that are occurring right now. the president is making some important decisions about afghanistan. he announced to the world just a day or two ago that 34,000 troops will be coming home during the next year from afghanistan. we're negotiating with the afghan government regarding how we'll support them beyond 2014. negotiations are going on right now. i heard today from former senator john kerry that he's headed for the middle east. why? syria. that's something else that the secretary of defense has to be concerned about. next week while we're on recess, while we're on recess, they're having a nato defense ministers meeting. they'll be in brussels? what to do? to coordinate ou our
from across our armed forces, including the secretary of defense leon panetta, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff marty dempsey, army secretary john mchugh, and army chief of staff general rhey gauthier now. we are especially onerous -- general ray odierno. are specially liked to be joined by the iron horse division. we welcome you to the ranks. you may have a sense that clinton is a pretty humble guy. we just spent some time together in the oval office. he grew up in lake city, calif., population less than 100. we welcome his family, including mom and dad, tisch and gary. i hope you do not mind that we share that he was actually born at home. these days, clinton works in the oilfields of north dakota. he is a man of faith. and after more than a decade in uniform, he says the thing he looks forward to the most is just being a husband and father. in fact, this is not even the biggest event for clinton this week. because tomorrow, he and his wife, tammy, will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary. this is probably not the intimate kind of anniversary you plant. -- planned. [laugh
. host: defense secretary leon panetta has one foot out the door but is not leaving yet, as we await what is going to happen in the senate. the chuck hagel confirmation process -- do you want to see that move forward? guest: i think there are no problems going ahead with chuck hagel in this confirmation process. people were very uncomfortable with some of his past statements. i do not know. i know he is the president's choice. host: do you have concerns about having a new defense secretary in place as the sequestration cuts loom and you would like to see the cuts headed off? what do we do if there is no -- guest: they want to make certain our military posts like fort camp, which is in my district, have a strong leadership team, regardless of having the secretary -- not having one is a point of concern. but i think you have a good, strong team there, who will be able to manage through this process. they see this coming. as you would expect the military to do, they are prepared. host: a call from new hampshire, independent color. hello, jim. caller: the irresponsibility of the republicans,
chiefs and deputy defense secretary. >> secretary panetta and i have been using the word "devastating" for 16 months now. and i testified last august to the consequences of sequestration, if it was to occur. and now the wolf's at the door. >> whether i began my career in a hollow army. i do not want to end my career in a hollow army. >> this would be the steepest, biggest reduction in total obligating authority for the defense department in history at a time when i will personally attest to the fact that it's more dangerous than it's ever been. >> reporter: it has already had a significant impact on navy families in norfolk, virginia. when the navy announced last week that they would not have enough in its budget to deploy the uss truman to the persian gulf, that deployment was canceled on friday because of the looming budget cuts. the army chief said they would have to curtail training 80% of the ground forces, furlough 20,000 civilians for up to 22 days, 80% of whom live outside of the washington area and work at army depots and navy yards across the country. bases will have to be c
and saw the problem. >> secretary panetta testified they had no further contact with the white house after benghazi attack. were you briefing the president? >> i did speak with the president that evening. the national security staff was working on the issue. >> who was briefing the president? when thein teh roohe room president was briefed i did not brief the president. odmi hearings, tehe clapper said it was not him. several others said it was not them. we have eliminated a lot of people who contact within the intelligence community ben knew what was going on in benghazi. who briefed the president, was happening throughout this seven hour period? >> in the conversations i was in, the national security staff was president. >> would john brennan have been included? >> that is a different question. >> who was a primary point of contact in the intelligence community? >> i worked to the national security staff. >> was there anybody in the intelligence community in that briefing session? >> the intelligence community was in close touch on a near constant basis. >> if the affordable care act as
. sequestration is arbitrary and irrational. and will not only weaken our security, but as secretary panetta said, quote, it's not just defense, it's education, loss of teachers, food safety, child care, law enforcement, airport safety. if sequestration and year-long continuing resolution go in to effect, the impact on the department of the deference will be -- defense will be devastating. for example, the army requested 36.6 billion dollars in the 2013 budget. but under the continuing resolution rules, it gets only the fy2012 amount of $30.6 billion. sequestration would cut an additional $6 billion. because the army has already spent $16 billion it would only have $8 billion left to get through the rest of the fiscal year, and more over, unexpectly high operational demands that require as much as $6 billion of the remaining funds be spent on overseas operation leaving the army with only $2 billion for domestic operation and maintenance during the next seven months. it is budgeted for $20 billion. so it would have 10% of what it needs for o and m during the next seven months if the year-long sequ
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